Adenocarcinoma In Dogs

Adenocarcinoma, the technical term for intestinal cancer, is a frightening condition to find out a loved one (be it human or pet) is afflicted with. Dealing with cancer is very taxing on both the animal and his/her owner, but fortunately in this day and age with our advanced medical knowledge, treating these conditions is a lot easier and survival rates are peaking. This type of cancer may affect or spread to the stomach, rectum or large/small intestines of your dog.


Look out for the following signs and symptoms that your dog may have intestinal cancer and get in touch with a vet as soon as possible. Catching the illness early raises your dog’s chances of survival considerably.

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting/vomiting blood
  • Blood in excrement
  • Black coloring of excrement (melena)


The cause is still unknown, although a genetic link has been found with Belgian shepherds who appear to be more predisposed than other breeds to this disease.


If your vet suspects intestinal cancer in your dog, they will run a full and very thorough examination of your pet including blood tests, testing samples of excrement and biochemistry profiles. Results congruent with what would be expected of intestinal cancer in blood tests includes anemia due to loss of blood through excretion. Radiography may be used to locate the neoplasm, ultrasound may also be employed at which point samples will be taken for testing.


Surgery is the most common option for the treatment of this condition, and, in certain situations, the surgeon may remove the affected portions of intestine. Cancer which affects the stomach is a lot harder to cure than intestinal cancer due to the difficulty of removing all neoplastic tissue. Chemotherapy may be an option for your dog but success rates with this type of treatment is low.

You may also want to try this alternative cancer treatment alongside veterinary treatment to increase your dog’s chances of survival.

There are several medications which may be suggested to control the pain your dog is experiencing, such as:

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